ABO Blood Group and Inhibitor Risk in Severe Hemophilia A Patients: A Study from the Italian Association of Hemophilia Centers

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Considering the profound influence exerted by the ABO blood group system on hemostasis, mainly through the von Willebrand factor and factor VIII (FVIII) complex, we have conducted a study evaluating the possible role of blood type on the risk of inhibitor development in hemophilia A. A total of 287 consecutive Caucasian patients with severe hemophilia A (202 without FVIII inhibitors and 85 with FVIII inhibitors) followed at seven Italian Hemophilia Treatment Centers belonging to the Italian Association of Hemophilia Centers (AICE) were included in the study. A higher prevalence of O blood group was detected in patients without inhibitors as compared in inhibitor patients (55 vs. 30.6%; p < 0.001). Among the other variables analyzed (age, F8 mutation, type and intensity of treatment and treatment regimen), F8 mutation class (high-risk vs. low-risk), and treatment regimen (on-demand vs. prophylaxis) were significantly correlated with inhibitor development. However, on a multivariate analysis, only the effects of F8 mutation and ABO blood type were independent of other covariates, being that non-O blood type is associated with a 2.89-fold increased risk of inhibitor development. In conclusion, our study supports the protective effect of O blood type on inhibitor risk in severely affected hemophilia A patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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